News last update:7 Aug 2012

Pork producers fight NSW ethanol mandate

Australian pork producers are not happy with the NSW Government's decision to increase the mandated level of ethanol in fuel.

Australian Pork Limited general manager for policy, Kathleen Plowman, said if the proposal was legislated, it would distort the grains market, putting further pressure on food prices by driving up the cost of grain and grain dependent meat industries such as pork.

"A succession of international studies has shown that, far from helping to cut global carbon dioxide emissions, (starch based) biofuel production can often give off more carbon dioxide than it saves," she said. "Therefore, internationally governments are moving away from policy assistance towards grain based ethanol production because of concerns for food security and the environmental sustainability of this technology."

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